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Children's LiteratureLister retells Homer's classic epic about what became of Odysseus after the Trojan War. The book is not in chronological order, and it begins with Odysseus's stay on the island of Nausicaa with the Phaeacian lords. In chapters four to ten, Odysseus retells what happened immediately after Troy. He tells the Phaeacian lords about his encounter with many of the creatures famous from Greek mythology—the Lotus Eaters, the one-eyed Cyclops, the enchantress Circe, Hades, the Sirens, Calypso, the six-headed Scylla, and the man-eating whirlpool Charybdis. The final eight chapters tell the end of the story and Odysseus's return home. Meanwhile, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have been under siege from the suitors who believe Odysseus to be dead. The suitors insist that Penelope choose one of them to marry. When Odysseus returns, he kills the suitors, is reunited with Penelope and regains control of his kingdom. The book provides a look at Greek life and customs including marriage, war, and belief in the gods. While the book is able to stand alone for readers who are not familiar with The Iliad, it is general enough that it would not be for students looking for an in-depth study of Odysseus. It is part of the "Kingfisher Epics" series. 2004, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 8 to 12.